Hunter-Killer: U.S. Escort Carriers in the Battle of the Atlantic

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The pursuit of German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic has long been considered one of the most exciting stories of World War II. This definitive study takes readers into the cockpits and onto the flight decks of the versatile and hardy U.S. escort carriers (CVEs) to tell of their vital, yet little-known contribution to the anti-U-boat campaign. Sailing apart from the Allied convoys, the CVE captains had complete freedom of action and frequently took their ships on "hunt and kill" missions against the enemy. The German submarines were allowed no respite and no place to relax without the fear of discovery.

World War II historian William Y'Blood explains that in the eighteen months between the spring of 1943, when the escort carriers began to prowl the Atlantic, to November 1944, the average number of U-boats in daily operation was reduced from 108 to a mere 31. Though land-based aircraft, various support groups, and the convoy system itself helped win the Battle of the Atlantic, the escort carrier groups' influence was profound. In addition to documenting the escort carriers' exciting operational history, the author also traces the CVE's development and construction and examines its tactical and strategic uses.

Taranto 1940: The Fleet Air Arm’s precursor to Pearl Harbor (Campaign)

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The Royal Navy's stunning attack on Taranto in 1940 heralded a new age of warfare. It was the decisive moment in a struggle for dominance of the Mediterranean that had gone on for months, as the British and Italian navies both looked to secure maritime supply routes for their colonies. With the enormous demands of a global war beginning to tell, the British capital ships were simply too thinly spread for a large fleet action against Taranto, where the bulk of the Italian fleet lay menacingly. How was the Royal Navy to eliminate the threat of the Regia Marina?

This is the story of one of World War II's most devastating raids, recounting how a handful of obsolete Fairy Swordfish biplanes swooped in on the harbour, destroyed an Italian battleship and badly damaged two more. With expert analysis, detailed colour illustrations and a gripping narrative, this book explains the origins of the attack, how it was planned and executed, and what happened in the aftermath. Uncover the details of a strike that reverberated around the world and changed war at sea forever.

United States Naval Aviation, 1919-1941: Aircraft, Airships and Ships Between the Wars

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Within six months of the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy had checked the Japanese military advance in the Pacific to the extent that the United States could return to its original "Defeat Germany First" strategy. That the Navy was able to accomplish this feat with only six fleet aircraft carriers and little more than 1,000 combat aircraft was not sheer luck but the culmination of more than two decades of determined preparation. This thorough study, with detailed drawings and photographs, explains and illustrates the trial and error process which went into developing the aircraft, airships and ships of the interwar period. The critical factors that shaped Naval Aviation after World War I–naval treaties, fleet tactics, government programs, leadership and organization, as well as the emergence of Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation–are discussed in depth.

Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

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In 1922 the US Navy commissioned its first small experimental aircraft carrier. This was followed into service by two much larger and capable carriers in 1927 with five more being built prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor including three large Yorktown class.

To take the offensive against the Japanese Navy, the American Congress funded by far the largest carrier building programme in history based on the Essex class, a larger version of the pre-war Yorktown vessels. Of the twenty-six ordered, fourteen were commissioned in time to see Second World War service. These were joined by many smaller classes of carriers, including light carriers and escort carriers.
Post-war ever larger and more capable carriers were commissioned. Since 1975, when the first of a fleet of ten nuclear-powered Nimitz class carriers was commissioned, they have epitomized United States superpower status and worldwide power projection. These are due to be replaced in the decades to come with the even more sophisticated nuclear-powered Gerald R. Ford class.

Compiled and written by Michael Green, Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy contains superb images of all the different types of classes of carriers employed by the US Navy since 1922. These and its highly informative text and captions give the reader a broad overview of this fascinating subject.

United States Naval Air Stations of WWII

Reviews of United States Naval Air Stations of WWII. United States Naval Air Stations of WWII [Melvin Shettle] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This publication documents all 86 Naval Air Stations commissioned east of the Mississippi, including Louisiana. The text covers the use of the land and the historic aviation events prior to the Navy's involvement; the Naval aviation activity at the station during the war. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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This publication documents all 86 Naval Air Stations commissioned east of the Mississippi, including Louisiana. The text covers the use of the land and the historic aviation events prior to the Navy's involvement; the Naval aviation activity at the station during the war, and the status and use of the airfield today. In addition, there are numerous anecdotes and insights into WW II Naval Aviation, as well as text and many photographs of the aircraft in use. Recollections of WW II Navy veterans lend authenticity to the work. The 257 photographs include a full-page aerial shot of each station. This high-quality book is hard-bound, 8.5 x 11 inches, and 244 pages printed on glossy art paper. Included is a 17 x 22 in. removable map of all the WW II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard air stations. The devotees of WW II and/or Naval Aviation will find this work an indispensable addition to their libraries